The bad weather was enough to cancel last Saturday’s 4th meeting. Thanks to mother nature, the track had deteriorated to a point where it was virtually unsafe for horses and jockeys. As a result, most of the 10 runners in this feature race – The Geetanjalee Narang Memorial Cup - that had been set to line-up last Saturday, will do so again tomorrow.

It is correct to say that this Draper’s Mile contest is an open lottery, with more than one horse capable of taking the honours. Of the 10 runners in the starting stalls, half of them are venturing out for the first time this season and some are looking to kick on after impressing in 2018.

Defeat to Perplexing in the final leg of the Three-year old championship was the best thing that happened to KING’S COUNTY (Akash Aucharuz). This Gilbert Rousset-trained runner bounced back on Maiden Cup day and would go on to win three more times, including two main events. He has benefited from the off-season, and can kick on where he left off. Standing in his way however is COOL AT HEART, an impressive winner just two meetings ago setting a new record over the 1450 metres. He is still in top order and his jockey Derreck David believes he can deliver the goods once again. The presence of RAP ATTACK (Kersley Ramsamy) certainly makes this race even more interesting. A very consistent performer throughout 2018, he was only beaten by Ice Run on Duchess Of York Cup day. Well-trained, he will also appreciate the longer trip and should mount a bold bid in this.

SUMMER SKY (Olivier Placais) makes his long-awaited debut for Gujadhur stable. He has arrived from South Africa with a good reputation, winning five times and participated in numerous Group and Listed races. He had been set to make his debut in the Duchess Of York Cup, but he did not take his place in the starting stalls, due to lack of fitness. He seems to have benefited from the extra time in training and looks to be in good shape and form. He is not prevented from making his presence felt here.

The yard of Preetam Daby are looking for their second successive feature race win and representing them is OVERSHADOW (Karl Zechner). He was beset by issues in his debut season, meaning he raced just twice. Even so, he performed well in both attempts. He has come out very well from the break and looked bright and sharp at track work. He merits respect here.

BONNIE PRINCE (Yashin Emamdee) did not disgrace himself in the 3rd meeting, where he finished in 4th, 2.6 lengths behind Ideal Secret. He is down a Benchmark this time round and should be thereabouts once again.

Since he made it on to the podium in the 21st meeting last season, OPERA ROYAL (Pravesh Horil) has won once and finished runner-up twice in the four races he has competed since. This son of Oratorio remains in good form and even if he is competing in a higher Benchmark, he won’t be that far away here.

INDEPENDENCE (Jameer Allyhosain) picked up two wins last season. This veteran usually performs inconsistently but on a good day, he is always right in the mix. Back from a long break, he has performed solidly in training and is capable of finishing in the placings.

BRILLIANT CRIMSON (Bruno Reis) and DANCE ON AIR (Imran Chisty) complete the line-up and based on what they have showed here, they are rated as just outsiders in this contest.